Easy Coffee Truffles

These easy coffee truffles were created for Week 45 (Fairy Tale, Novel, or TV Show) of the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge. My creation? Miracle Max’s Miracle Pill.

We know that Miracle Max’s pill is covered in chocolate. “The chocolate coating makes it go down easier.” And it has to be melt in your mouth smooth, because Westley wasn’t exactly able to chew and swallow.

a cocoa coated coffee truffle on a plate

But the secret ingredient in this ganache-filled miracle pill? Coffee. What else could wake up someone who is mostly dead?

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Tips and tricks

Making the ganache

Honestly, the coffee ganache center is so very easy to make. You’ll want to chop your chocolate somewhat so it melts relatively evenly.

a double boiler insert filled with chopped chocolate.


Heat the chocolate and cream together in a double boiler over low heat until the chocolate melts (Panel #1). Remove the insert from the pan and stir them together (Panel #2).

four panels showing steps in making the coffee ganache for coffee truffles.

Remove the insert from the heat and add the corn syrup, butter cubes, coffee liqueur, cocoa, espresso powder, and pinch of salt (Panel #3). Stir until smooth (Panel #4).

At this point, you can either chill the ganache in the bowl for a couple of hours to scoop and form balls with your hands. This will give a more classic appearance of your truffles.

Or you can pour it into silicone molds like the one below. Hint: this is the easier way!

coffee ganache cooling in a silicone mold.

Coating truffles in cocoa

Once the ganache has been cooled and shaped, you will want to coat the ganache centers. After sampling one or two, of course.

Covering them with cocoa is classic and easy, but it does require you to keep the coffee truffles refrigerated. To do this, all you need to do is gently drop the ganache centers into a bowl with a mixture of cocoa and sugar, toss them, and shake off any excess.

four panels showing the ganache centers being covered with a dusting of cocoa.

Coating truffles in chocolate

The alternative is to dip the ganache centers into chocolate. Using tempered chocolate takes practice and time, but it will allow you to store your coffee truffles at room temperature.

I’m still practicing how to temper chocolate. You can see the slight streak of bloom on the surface of mine (below), although they had the crisp snap of tempered chocolate. If you’re interested in learning how to temper chocolate, there are a lot of good resources, including this one from King Arthur Baking or this one from Epicurious.

chocolate coated coffee truffles on a rack.

FAQs about this coffee truffle recipe

Are these really easy to make?

Yes, they absolutely can be if you chill the ganache in a mold and you coat the ganache center with cocoa.

Why are they called truffles?

Chocolate truffles were named because of their resemblance to the other truffle, which is a fungus found among the roots of certain trees.

What’s the difference between a truffle and a bonbon?

Like I wrote when I made my chocolate peanut butter bonbons, truffles have chocolate ganache centers, often rolled in cocoa or dipped in nuts. Bonbons are chocolate-encased and can include any sort of center. There seems to be a discrepancy whether the Venn diagram has truffles as a subset of bonbons or whether the sets are non-overlapping.

Can I omit the corn syrup?

Yes, if you’d like. The corn syrup is there to prevent crystal formation, giving you the creamiest and smoothest ganache center. But it isn’t essential if you’d prefer to skip it.

How to store chocolate truffles?

If you’ve coated your truffles in tempered chocolate, they can be kept at room temperature. Otherwise, chocolate truffles should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a few weeks, although I doubt they’ll last that long!

the inside of a coffee truffle.

Check out other Ugly Duckling Bakery coffee-containing recipes, like my tiramisu cake or coffee and walnut loaf cake, my coffee cookies, this gin espresso martini or creamy espresso martini with Baileys, or even my sweet brown bread, which has coffee or cocoa to give it color.


Easy Coffee Truffles

5 from 1 vote
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 24 truffles (give or take)
Calories: 84kcal
These easy coffee truffles are made with a rich and creamy coffee ganache center that you can coat with cocoa or dip into chocolate.
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  • silicone candy molds optional


Coffee ganache centers

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • pinch salt

Cocoa coating

  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar


Coffee ganache centers

  • Add the chopped chocolate and cream to a double bowl insert or metal bowl set over a pot with about an inch of water (the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl). Heat the water on low and stir intermittently until the chocolate has melted completely.
    8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, ½ cup heavy cream
  • Remove the insert or bowl from the pot and set it on a dry kitchen towel.
  • Add the corn syrup, cubed butter, and coffee liqueur and stir gently to mix.
    2 tablespoons light corn syrup, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened and cubed, 1 tablespoon Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
  • Add the cocoa, espresso powder, and salt and stir.
    ¼ cup cocoa, 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, pinch salt
  • If using molds, pour or spoon the ganache into the molds. Otherwise put the bowl directly into the refrigerator. Chill for at least two hours.

Cocoa coating

  • Combine the cocoa and confectioners' sugar into a small bowl.
    ¼ cup cocoa, ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • If using molds, release the ganache centers from the molds into the bowl containing the cocoa mixture.
  • If forming truffles by hand, use a small cookie scoop (#70) to scoop one tablespooon of ganache. Then roll it in your hands to form a rough ball and drop it into the cocoa mixture.
  • Use a fork or candy dipping scoop to remove the truffles from the cocoa, shake off the excess cocoa, and transfer to a storage container.
  • Cocoa-coated truffles should be stored in the refrigerator.


Alternative: you can coat the coffee ganache centers with tempered chocolate. You’ll need about 8 ounces (a half pound) of chocolate for this recipe, but it may be easier to temper a larger amount.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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